Weekly Update : 10 June

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Parent Council

The final Parent Council meeting of the school year will take place at the school on Wednesday 22nd June.  The Parent Council are a vital part of the successful running of our school and we wish take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to them for their support this year. Carol Campbell and Margaret MacDonald will be stepping down from their roles as Chairperson and Secretary at the end of this term and we wish to thank them for all their hard work during their term as council members.  The Parent Council will reconvene in August.  Any parents who wish to become members of the Parent Council are very welcome to join and all parents are encouraged to consider taking part in this.

Absence Reporting

A reminder to parents and carers all absences should be reported to the School Office by 9.30am each day.  Parents and carers should phone the office on 01478 613130 or email portree.primary@highland.gov.uk to let the staff know pupils will not be attending school.  Teaching staff do not have regular access to emails through the school day therefore all absences should be reported to the office and not to class teachers.  All absences are recorded and monitored therefore a reason for absence should also be given.  Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Disposables

With effect from 1st June, Highland Council will no longer be purchasing disposable dinnerware in any setting.  All pupils should carry a refillable water bottle to school for use in their classrooms as we are unable to continue to supply disposable cups to pupils without a water bottle.

P7 Sailing

A reminder to our P7 pupils to return the permission slips for the sailing taster sessions which are due to take place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June.

Bikeability Training

The next stage of Bikeability training will begin on Wednesday 15th June.  Parents and carers have been contacted regarding pupils bikes and the equipment required to complete this stage.  If any parent or carer has any queries about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Parents Appointments

A reminder that parents appointments will take place on Tuesday 14th June and Wednesday 15th June.  Appointments with class teachers will take place online after school on these days.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

Weekly Update : 27 May

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The weeks continue to fly past and we find ourselves at the end of May!  As the busy term continues, there are several items to share with you in our update for this week.

Soccer 7s

The next round of the Soccer 7s Tournament takes place tomorrow morning in Broadford.  The pupils involved have been given strips today.  The teams should meet at the pitch in Broadford at 10am with water bottles, a snack and shin guards.  The tournament begins at 10.30am.  Pupils should return their strips to the School Office on Monday please.

Cross Country

Our PPS Cross Country event took place in school this morning.  It was wonderful to see so many of our pupils participating in the race!  The Isle of Skye Cross Country event is scheduled to take place at Portree High School on Tuesday 31st May and some of our pupils will be invited to participate in this event.

Parents Appointments

Following the success of the online parents appointments earlier in the year, parents evenings will take place online again this term on Tuesday 14th June and Wednesday 15th June.   Parents are invited to book online appointments with class teachers using the Parent Booking system.  The booking system will open to parents from 9am on Monday 30th May until 3.30pm on Thursday 2nd June.  Parents can access the system by following this link:

https://parents-booking.co.uk/portreeprimary

To login you will need to enter:

  • Your first name and surname
  • Your child’s first name, surname and date of birth

The login details you enter must match those we have on record for you.

A guide to the video call system is attached.  Should you have any queries or issues with the booking system, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Office.

School Trips

School trips will take place this year with our P1-P6 classes going out on trips on Thursday 2nd June.  The P7 class trip is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 21st June. Permission slips and further information about individual class trips will be issued to pupils by class teachers.

Jubilee Celebrations

A reminder the school will be closed to pupils and staff on Friday 3rd of June to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  As class trips are scheduled to take place on the 2nd of June, pupils and staff will celebrate this occasion on Wednesday 1st of June with a party afternoon.  The canteen will not serve the school meals menu that day, instead pupils will be offered a picnic lunch of sandwiches, sausage rolls, pizza and other treats.  This will be followed by an afternoon of singing and dancing. Pupils are invited to wear party clothes on this day.

Upcoming Dates

1st June – PPS Jubilee Celebrations

2nd June – P1-P6 Class School Trips

3rd June – Jubilee Holiday

6th June – Pupil Reports P1-P7

7th– 10th June – P7 Raasay Trip

14th & 15th June – Parents Appointments (online)

14th & 15th June – P7 Sailing

15th – 17th June – Bikeability P7

21st June – P7 Class School Trip

22nd – 24th June – P7 Induction Days PHS

23rd June – P1-P6 Transition Afternoon

24th June – Nursery – P6  Transition Morning

25th June – Soccer 7’s Portree

30th June – Prize Giving

Have a lovely weekend.

Iain

Weekly Update : 20 May

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It has been a pleasure to welcome parents back in to the school for our open sessions with classes and for our Sports Day this week!  As the busy term continues there are one or two updates to share with you.

School Sports Kits

School sports strips have been issued to several of our pupils during this term and many have not been returned or returned incomplete.  We were kindly gifted sets of brand new strips recently and it is important pupils return them to the school as soon as possible.  Can we ask all parents and pupils to check all the items from strips have been returned to the school.    

P7 Numeracy and Literacy Day – PHS

Our P7 class will visit the High School on Monday for a Numeracy and Literacy Day.  Further information about this has been shared with the class and we hope they enjoy their visit to the High School.

Bikeability

A reminder Bikeability training begins on Wednesday 25th May.  Pupils have been given permission slips for this today, these should be completed and returned to the school on Monday.  An email has been sent to all the parents and carers of pupils involved.

Cross Country

Our annual cross country event returns this year and will take place on Friday 27th May.  All our P5-P7 pupils are invited to take part.

Soccer 7s

The next Soccer 7s tournament is scheduled to take place in Kyleakin on Saturday 28th May, more information about this will be shared next week.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 13 May

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As another week draws to a close, there are one or two updates to share with you.

Scottish Opera

Pupils in our P5 – P7 classes have been invited to watch a performance by the Scottish Opera in the High School on Tuesday 17th May.  Pupils will have an early lunch on Tuesday and staff will accompany them to the High School for 1.15pm.  As the classes will be walking to and from the performance, pupils should ensure they wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Parents Open Afternoons

A reminder open afternoons are going to be held for all classes next week.  We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to the school.

Childsmile

The Childsmile team will visit the school on Monday 16th May to continue the tooth varnishing programme with our P1-P4 classes.

Sports Day

We hope to have our Sports Day on Thursday at the KGV, weather permitting.  Parents and carers are very welcome to attend.  P1-3 classes will have their events in the morning from 10am and events for P4-P7 classes will take place from 1.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

Upcoming Dates

16th May – Open Afternoon P1 and P7 Classes (2.30pm – 3.30pm)

16th May – Fluoride Varnishing P1-P4

17th May – Open Afternoon P2 and P6 Classes (2.30pm – 3.30pm)

18th May – Open Afternoon P3 and P4 Classes (2.30pm – 3.30pm)

19th May – Sports Day KGV P1-P3 – 10am & P4-P7 – 1.30pm

19th May – Shinty – League Night 2 (Portree)

20th May – Open Morning P5 (11.15am – 12.45pm)

23rd May – P7 Numeracy and Literacy Day PHS

25th-27th May – Bikeability Training P7

26th May – Sports Day (Rain Date)

27th May – PPS Cross Country Event

28th May – Soccer 7’s Kyleakin

28th May – Mod

30th May – Fluoride Varnishing P1-P4

31st May – Isle of Skye Cross Country Championships

Have a lovely weekend!

With kind regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 6 May

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As we come to the end of a shorter week in school, there are one or two things to share with you.

Fluoride Varnishing

The Childsmile Team are scheduled to visit the school again this month.  Forms have been issued to our P1-P4 pupils and should be returned to the school office by Wednesday 11th May.

Soccer 7’s

The first round of Soccer 7’s fixtures takes place this Saturday at the KGV.  Pupils have been given their strips today and should be at the pitch for 10.30am tomorrow morning.  The tournament is expected to finish around 12.30.  We hope our 3 teams enjoy the event!

Dates for this term

We have a busy time ahead of us this term!  Please see below a list of known dates.  Further information about activities and events will be shared with parents in the coming weeks.

May

11th May – Garden Action Day

12th May – P5-7 Shinty – League Night 1 (Kyleakin)

16th May – Open Afternoon P1 and P7 Classes (2.30pm – 3.30pm)

16th May – Fluoride Varnishing P1-P4

17th May – Open Afternoon P2 and P6 Classes (2.30pm – 3.30pm)

18th May – Open Afternoon P3 and P4 Classes (2.30pm – 3.30pm)

19th May – Sports Day KGV P1-P3 – 10am & P4-P7 – 1.30pm

19th May – Shinty – League Night 2 (Portree)

20th May – Open Morning P5 (11.15am – 12.45pm)

23rd May – P7 Numeracy and Literacy Day PHS

25th-27th May – Bikeability Training P7

26th May – Sports Day (Rain Date)

27th May – PPS Cross Country Event

28th May – Soccer 7’s Kyleakin

28th May – Mod

30th May – Fluoride Varnishing P1-P4

31st May – Isle of Skye Cross Country Championships

June

1st June – PPS Jubilee Celebrations

2nd June – Provisional Date for Class School Trips

3rd June – Jubilee Holiday

6th June – Pupil Reports P1-P7

7th– 10th June – P7 Raasay Trip

14th & 15th June – Parents Appointments (online)

14th & 15th June – P7 Sailing

15th – 17th June – Bikeability P7

22nd – 24th June – P7 Induction Days PHS

23rd June – P1-P6 Transition Afternoon

24th June – Nursery – P6  Transition Morning

25th June – Soccer 7’s Portree

30th June – Prize Giving

Have a lovely weekend.

With kind regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 29 April

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As we come to the end of a very busy week at Portree Primary, there are just one or two updates to share with you.

Swimming Lessons

Pupils have enjoyed the return to swimming lessons this week. A reminder, pupils should bring a swimming costume, towel and goggles to school with them on their swimming days. 

Monday              1200-1230            P4

Wednesday        1130-1200            P3

Wednesday        1200-1230            P7

Thursday             1130-1200            P5

Thursday             1200-1230            P6

Soccer 7s Tournament

A reminder that the Soccer 7s tournament which was due to take place this Saturday has been postponed to allow pupils to participate in the Lochalsh Leisure Centre Triathlon in Kyle.  Some of our pupils will be travelling to Kyle to participate in the event, we hope they enjoy the day.

Makaton

The Makaton signs of the week this week are sun, rain, snow and wind.

May Day and Inset Day

A reminder school will be closed to staff and pupils this Monday, 2nd May, for the May Day bank holiday.  There is a staff inset day next Thursday, 5th May, and the school will be closed to pupils that day.

With kind regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 22 April

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As we start what looks to be a very busy term there are a number of updates to be aware of this week.

Swimming Timetable

The weekly swimming sessions for P3-7 at the Fingal Centre will resume from this coming week.  Pupils should bring a swimming costume, towel and goggles on their swimming days.  Individual class teachers will be in touch with parents with any additional information.

Monday              1200-1230            P4

Wednesday        1130-1200            P3

Wednesday        1200-1230            P7

Thursday             1130-1200            P5

Thursday             1200-1230            P6

School Lunches

Due to changes in the Covid Guidance for schools we are making a change to our current lunchtime arrangements.  The P1-3 classes will now go for lunch at 12.30 pm rather than the earlier time of 12.00pm.  

Spors Gaidhlig Sessions

Next week our P6 and P7 classes will be undertaking outdoor activities with the team at Spors Gaidhlig.  These sessions have been rearranged from September and further information including the kit list has been sent to the parents/guardians of these classes. 

Extra-Curricular/After School Activities

As a school community we are looking to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities this term including:

  • Primary Shinty – For the P5-7 age group we are looking to enter as a school into all primary aged competitions this term including the Isle of Skye League.  To enable this to happen I am looking to identify volunteers that will be able to assist me with weekly P5-7 training sessions.  P1 and P2-4 sessions will continue to be organised by Active Schools this term.
  • Soccer 7’s – The first Soccer 7’s festival is due to take place on Saturday 7th May and we have a very healthy number of pupils that are keen to take part.  We will be looking for parent volunteers to help on the day of the events.
  • Gardening Club & Garden Action Day – In previous years the school has run a very successful Gardening Club and this is something that we would be very keen to re-establish.  On Wednesday May 11th we will host a Garden Action Day to help tidy up some of the areas around the school.  Keep an eye out for further information.     

To enable a wide range of activities to take place we are looking for parent volunteers to assist.  Please get in touch with the school if you are able to help out in any way.

Triathlon – Kyle Leisure Centre

Pupils in P5-7 have been invited to take part in the Triathlon at Kyle Swimming Pool.  A considerable number of pupils were keen to participate but the date clashed with the original date of the Soccer 7’s.  The date of the Soccer 7’s has now been moved to allow children to participate in both.  Please see the attached letter for further details.  Anyone that would like to take part either as an individual or as part of a Pals Team will need to contact the school by Monday.  Transport to and from the event will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

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PRIMARY160 METRES2 MILES1 MILE
HIGH SCHOOL240 METRES5 MILES2 MILES

Community Allotment

We are delighted to have secured a full sized allotment at the new Community Allotments at Home Farm provided by the Portree & Braes Community Trust.  We look forward to developing this space in the coming years.  Primary 7 visited the allotment this week to clear the site of stones and plant some potatoes.  Well done Primary 7!!

Kind regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 1 April

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As a very busy term draws to a close, we have a short update for you this week.

Position Statement

Following the recent changes in Scottish Government Guidance, we have received an updated Position Statement from Highland Council.  The new Position Statement contains a considerable amount of changes to our current guidelines.  We will take time to consider how these changes will be implemented in our school and communicate these to pupils, parents and staff following the Easter Holidays.

Staffing

Miss Fiona Robertson, PSA, spent her final day with us this week before her Maternity Leave begins.  We will miss Miss Robertson very much and we wish her all the best for this special time.   Miss Rebekah MacInnes is leaving the Canteen today, we wish her well with her new job.  We would like to take this opportunity to pass on a huge thank you to both Miss Robertson and Miss MacInnes for all they have done for our school.

Skyedance Easter Camps

Skyedance are offering Easter Camps for a variety of age groups during the Easter Break this year.  Further information is attached and all interested pupils should contact Ailsa at Skyedance.

Head lice

A reminder to parents that pupils should be checked regularly at home for head lice.  We are no longer permitted to share when cases arise but just ask that everyone continues to check as a matter of routine.

Makaton

A reminder of the Makaton signs we have learned in school is attached, this week we have been revising all the signs we have covered to date.

Easter Break

The school closes today at 12.45pm and re-opens again on Tuesday 19th April at 9.06am.

Have a wonderful Easter Holiday!

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 25 March

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Dear Parents and Carers,

After School Activities

As COVID 19 restrictions continue to ease, we are optimistic we will soon be in a position to start a programme of after school activities for pupils.  In preparation for this, we would like to begin the process of recruiting volunteers.  Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should complete the survey below.  Any contribution a volunteer can make is greatly appreciated.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1z9u1XJ1wr19zkuH088LdopZnIoPL1IU8GmnPQEXliwM/edit

Parent Council Meeting

The next Parent Council Meeting will take place in the School on Tuesday 29th March at 6.30pm.  All parents and carers are welcome.

Makaton

The Makaton signs of the week this week are hungry, tired and thirsty.

Easter Holidays

A reminder the Easter Break begins next Friday 1st April.  The school will close at 12.45pm on Friday and re-open at 9.06 on Tuesday 19th April.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 18 March

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Car Parking, Drop off and Pick Up

We have been aware of an increasing number of vehicles entering the school car park and issues with congestion on Blaven Road and the surrounding areas.  We wish to remind all parents the designated drop off zone for pupils is the car park next to Portree Nursery and parents are once again encouraged to use this to avoid congestion around the school at the beginning and end of the day.  Designated bays are in place there and Highland Council fund a crossing patroller to ensure that children get from there to school safely.

A reminder also that the bus lane should only be used by buses and not by private vehicles. The car park at the school is for school staff only and should not be used for parent parking or to collect or drop off pupils.  Both Marsco Place and Glamaig Place are not roads adopted by the Highland Council and as such the residents there are responsible for the upkeep of these roads.  There have been some safety concerns brought to our attention in regard to driveways being blocked as well as the parking in these areas creating blind spots where pupils are walking.   

In addition to this, Parents are reminded that pupils should not be arriving at the school before 9am.  With the exception of bus pupils, pupils do not leave their classrooms before 3.30pm from Monday to Thursday and at 12.45pm on a Friday.  In order to ease the congestion on Blaven Road, it would be appreciated if parents could utilise the designated drop off area as much as possible, and refrain from parking outside the school unless it is absolutely necessary.   If it is necessary to park on Blaven Road to collect a pupil, we would ask parents to kindly ensure they do so for as short a period as possible to minimise the impact on other road users and local residents.

We would always encourage pupils to walk and cycle to school where possible as it is hugely beneficial to their health and wellbeing.  

We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Red Nose Day

We have had a wonderful morning of activities organised by Primary 4 to raise funds for Comic Relief.  Thank you to all the classes who have taken part in games, made donations, purchased baking and raffle tickets.  A big thank you to Mrs MacAskill and the Primary 4 class for all their hard work.  The total raised will be shared with parents next week.

Regards,

Iain